Photo from the department store GUM, Moscow

A week ago I returned already from the third holiday in Moscow. The first two visits were more sightseeing, this year however, I have focused mainly on shooting for me the most interesting places. One of the most beautiful architectural building in Moscow is the department store GUM.

When the weather is not very favorable and you love architecture, definitely go there, I believe you will find a lot of inspiration for shooting. This is also evidenced by the fact that during my visit there took place an exhibition of local photographer that captured the vibrant day to day life of this store. Some photos also managed to me and here is one of them. A tripod can be used without any problems, during shooting nobody asked me to submit permission for taking photographs.

Black and white photo of GUM, Moscow

Photo of the beautiful architecture of the Department store GUM in Moscow

The department store GUM is located on the Red Square in Moscow and it pass 400,000 people a day. On the sales floor together 47,000 m² in 1,000 rooms with 150 departments offering a wide range of goods from food through textiles to consumer electronics.

Department store GUM, Moscow

Black and White suits here

History

The building was built in the so-called Russian style and architect tried as much as possible to unite it with ceremonial buildings around the square. The new department store in Moscow was opened in 1893. Rental of commercial space, however, was so expensive (the building cost 5 million rubles) that many previous owners of shops could not use the offer of a new store. Until the October Revolution there was located 200 private companies. In 1921 the store got its present name. In the 30´s of the last century it was closed and during the war there was a hospital. After Stalin´s death it was thoroughly renovated and since then it again serves for its original purpose.

More photographs from Moscow coming up soon, stay tuned…

Matej Michalik

About Matej Michalik

Matej Michalik was born and live in Bratislava, Slovakia. He came in touch with photography in 2010 and from the beginning his intuition was leading him towards black and white photographs. He specialize mainly in Long Exposure Photography, architecture, seascapes but he is also interested in shooting streets.

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